Funeral services for Lois (Faye) Bearden, 93, will be conducted Friday, April 19, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. in the First Baptist Church of Plains. Interment will follow in the Plains Cemetery with services under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Denver City.
Lois (Faye) Bearden went Home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 11, 2019. Faye (Hinkle) Bearden was born the baby of ten children in Brownfield, Texas, on December 27, 1925, to Willie Pratt and Carrie Bell (Brown) Hinkle. She grew up in Brownfield, Texas, and married James (Jim) Williams in 1942. They had a daughter, Nita Williams. Jim passed away in 1948. In 1949, it was love at first sight for Alfred Otto Bearden, when Faye made, in his words, “the best vanilla milkshake” he had ever had. They married on February 8, 1950, in Lovington, New Mexico, and moved to Tokio, Texas, to begin farming. They were members of Tokio Baptist Church while they lived in Tokio. They had three daughters, Debra, Donna, and Kathy, during their time in Tokio. When the girls were still young, they moved West of Plains, and lived there until Alfred’s death.
Most of Faye’s life was lived on a farm. She was a homemaker and worked alongside her husband on the farm. They were cotton farmers, and also had an apple orchard, a pecan orchard, and grew grapes. They made the best grape and apple jelly from their own produce. Faye was an avid seamstress, which won her many blue ribbons. Faye and her daughters bought and ran the local flower shop, the “Leaf & Petal” from 1980-1987. After several years of that, they also opened a clothing store in Plains, which they named “Al’s Gals”. As it turned out, Faye was quite the saleswoman!
Faye was just as beautiful on the inside as she was on the out. She loved serving in her churches, where she served in the WMU and GA programs for many years. Faye believed her most important role was letting others see Jesus through her. She was a God-fearing, hard-working woman, who was known for her sense of humor. Faye was a classy lady, who never went in public with a hair out of place, or her lips and nails not “painted”; even until her death. She loved people and loved company . Her favorite pastime was being with her large family, doing anything from playing dominoes, working puzzles, shelling peas, to just visiting. What a blessing it was to sing hymns with her while swinging on the porch swing. Faye lived the last few years of her life at Shinnery Oaks in Denver City, Texas. She could often be found playing dominoes and helping others around the home.
Faye was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Alfred (Darling) Bearden, a grandson, Justin Kyle Bell, her brothers, Leslee, Jesse, Wesley, Elbert, Raymond, Knox, Luther, Clarence, a sister, Lulu Mae Hinkle Williams, and her parents. She is survived by her daughter Nita Williams of Lubbock, daughter Debra Lowe and husband Joel of Plains, daughter Donna Bowers and husband Tim of Plains, daughter Kathy Bell and husband Danny of Plains, twelve grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials be made to: The Children’s Home of Lubbock at PO Box 2824, Lubbock, TX, 79408.